In brief: Social enterprise zone bring residents and public sector staff together to solve East End problems

Britain's first social enterprise zone has brought together residents and public sector staff to solve problems in London's East End and influenced national policy, according to a report published this week. The zone, in the Forest Gate and Plaistow areas of Newham, was established six years ago to tackle community problems. Many of its ideas and initiatives have helped local residents and demonstrate how mainstream government resources can be harnessed effectively at local level, the report finds. Enduring Change: The Experience of the Community Links Social Enterprise Zone is available, priced £14.70, from Marston Book Services (tel) 01235 465500.

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